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Christmas Gift Ideas for Auckland Locals

  • Thursday 29th November 2018

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for Aucklanders, then you’re in the right place! Check out these super fun and unique present ideas we have for you...


Unique Animal Encounters


For the adrenaline junkies out there, Shark Cage Adventure thrilling experience will give you an exhilarating underwater shark encounter. Pop on a wetsuit and some snorkel gear and dive into the water inside the cage that is a high-tech combination of mesh and perspex, that allows you to get up close and personal with Sand Tiger and Wobbegong sharks, stingrays and many colourful fish that are native to the waters of New Zealand. The best part, there’s no dive experience required!




Who doesn’t love penguins? So, what better gift to give than a once in a lifetime penguin encounter with our sub-Antarctic penguin colony. Getting so close to majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins is a rare opportunity, short of actually going to the Antarctic to see them in the wild. For this experience you will be rugged up in sub-Antarctic snow gear to keep you warm when you head out onto the ice to meet them and watch them waddle and play right in front of you. You will also have an exclusive behind the scenes tour where you will see what it takes to maintain this incredible habitat.



Our Annual Passes

Whether you’re an aquarium fanatic or someone who would love to venture through all of the fun and exciting Merlin attractions in Australia and New Zealand, one of our attraction annual passes will do the trick.


The Merlin Annual pass is your ticket to unlimited access to all eleven attractions across Australia and New Zealand for an entire year. This really is the gift that just keeps on giving as the lucky receiver can go on an adventure of discovery and fun again and again and again! See a full list of attraction you’ll have access to here.




For any Auckland local who loves our aquarium, this is the perfect gift. Unlimited access to the aquarium for an entire year. There’s so much to discover and learn and there’s always new, fun and exciting things happening throughout the year that each visit will be different and unique.